Best Shanghai Observation Decks on 4 Super Skyscrapers

Shanghai, full of modern skyscrapers, is no doubt rich in high observation decks with nice panoramic city views. The best Shanghai observation decks are on 4 super high skyscrapers in Pudong, one not far from another.


Shanghai Tower Observation Deck

Height: 118F/ 546 meters (1,791 feet)
Ticket price: CNY 180
Opening hours: 08:30-22:00

Shanghai Tower Observation Deck, also called Top of Shanghai Observatory or Shanghai Tower Observatory, is on the second top floor of Shanghai Tower, being the highest Shanghai observation deck. You can take world’s fastest elevator to reach it from the ground in 55 seconds. Standing on it, you can get an incredible 360 degree bird’s eye view of the city, even including other skyscrapers below your feet, and the Huangpu River flowing into the ocean.

There is a sky post office providing postcards printed with the landscapes you can see on this Shanghai Tower observatory. Perhaps you can send the memorial postcards to your family and friends. You may also follow the custom to make a wish to the wishing tree there, the closet one to the heaven in Shanghai. In particular, using high-techs, the cityscapes of Lujiazui zone will be projected to the floor, giving you the more realistic feelings of the busy city under your feet.
Shanghai Tower Tickets Booking

Shanghai World Financial Center Observation Deck

Height: 94F/ 423 meters (1,388 feet), 97F/ 439 meters (1,440 feet), 100F/ 474 meters (1,555 feet)
Ticket price: CNY 180 including 94F, 97F and 100F; CNY 120 for 94F only
Opening hours: 11:00-21:00

The opener-like Shanghai World Financial Center has 3 observatories, respectively on 94F, 97F and 100F, offering the overall viewing experience with different angles. The 94F is actually a spacious sightseeing hall with ceiling-to-floor windows, providing you not only the excellent view to Shanghai and Huangpu River, but also the venue for holding activities. The 97th floor is a transparent sky walking way, to see the Shanghai city through all-sided glasses. When the weather is clear and the roof is open, the 97F is like a bridge hanging in the sky; you would find the clouds are so close. Going up to the 100F, the higher Shanghai observation deck is 55 meters (60 yards) long like a hanging corridor. It is widely built with glasses and mirrors, so visitors can have a 360 degree view of the Huangpu River at the foot.
Shanghai World Financial Center Tickets Booking

Oriental Pearl Tower Observation Deck

Height: 259 meters (850 feet), 263 meters (863 feet), 351 meters (1,152 feet)
Ticket price: CNY 179, including 263F, 259F, “Updating City” Show, Shanghai History Museum, MINIPARK Cycling, O·Friends Play Park & Shop and Colorful Elevator
Opening hours: 09:00-21:00

You will have a panoramic view on Oriental Pearl Tower, the classic Shanghai’s landmark. At the height of 259 meters (850 feet), there is the Transparent Sky Walking, a circular glass corridor. It would be thrilling as you walk on the glass way circling around the tower. When you get to the main observation deck at 263 meters (863 feet) high, you can enjoy the sights of Lujiazui and Huangpu River leisurely through glass windows. Up to 351 meters (1,152 feet), you can enter the Space Capsule, the small room to see the city, like looking the earth from a space ship.

Besides, you can visit Shanghai History Museum at the ground floor to learn the history of Shanghai city in past 700 years, feast your eyes with “Updating City” multimedia show on cambered walls on 78-meter (256-feet) floor, have fun at O·Friends – the mascot shop attaching simple play projects, and try the VR roller coaster at 95 meters (312 feet) high. Revolving Restaurant at 267 meters (876 feet) provides good views of the surroundings as well.
Oriental Pearl Tower Tickets Booking

Shanghai Jin Mao Tower 88 Floor Sightseeing Hall

Height: 88F/ 340 meters (1,116 feet)
Ticket price: CNY 120
Opening hours: 09:30-20:30
88 Floor Sightseeing Hall of Jin Mao Tower is the largest Shanghai observation deck. It can be reached in 45 seconds by fast elevator. On the 88th floor, you can see Lujiazui cityscapes, and even the Yangtze estuary if the weather is fine. In addition to this Shanghai observation deck with a nice view, people who like adventure may also challenge the Skywalk outside the tower. The 1.2 meters (4 feet) wide glass-paved walking trail without any guardrail or wall but a lifting rope, will give the real feeling of walking in the air.
Shanghai Jin Mao Tower Ticket Booking

Apart from these Shanghai observation decks, the café of Park Hyatt Hotel on 87F of Shanghai World Financial Center at the height of about 400 meters (1,312 feet) is a great place for viewing the city as well. With no tickets, just ordering a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, you can enjoy the cityscapes outside the windows. The average price is only about CNY 50 per person. An Awesome Travel Hack on Observatory at Lower Cost!
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- Last updated on May. 05, 2023 by Catherine He -
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